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More Miami Food Truck Gatherings Cancelled, Future in Doubt UPDATED

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Laine Doss
Food Trucks Tonight? Maybe not.
Update: It's been confirmed that The Tamiami Truckers Food Court has temporarily moved to their old spot at SW 127th Street and SW 137th Avenue (near Tamiami Airport), at least for this week. Code compliance issues forced the food trucks from their regular spot at Lexus of West Kendall and West Kendall Toyota. Caza Crepes owner and Food Court organizer Kevin Gleizes was trying to resolve the issue today, but he apparently failed to reach an agreement with code enforcement officials.

Short Order contacted the Miami-Dade County Building and Neighborhood Compliance Department regarding exactly what permits and licenses are required to have a food truck meetup on a private property and received an email back from Miriam Rossi, Public Information Officer stating, "Regarding your below inquiries received this afternoon with a short notice deadline, additional time is needed to fully research", which possibly means they don't even know what permits are needed.

No word yet whether the trucks at the SW 127th Street and SW 137th are there with permission, or if code enforcement had been made aware of this location, but we will share information as we receive it.

Tonight's Tamiami Truckers Food Court at Lexus of West Kendall may be nixed and other local food trucks face big problems with city and county officials.

Yesterday, the Thursdays on The Bay Food Truck Roundup at American Legion Post #29 was abruptly shut down due to City of Miami code compliance issues.

Jack Garabedian, owner of Jefe's Original Tacos and the organizer of the Thursdays on The Bay Food Truck Roundup and Tuesday's Biscayne Triangle Truck Roundup near Johnson & Wales University, told Short Order that City of Miami code enforcement showed up at American Legion Post #29 to make sure every food truck had a City of Miami tax receipt (allowing a business to operate). They issued the American Legion a citation and a seven-day warning, ordering them to pull an event permit.

Zoning issues may arise as well. Garabedian was told by Miami zoning officials the food trucks aren't "vendor carts," but commercial trucks, which are not permitted to be parked and operate on private property. This could present huge problems for the trucks, which currently try to partner with local businesses to secure space for their roundups.

And the Tamiami Truckers Food Court in West Kendall seems to be in jeopardy. Caza Crepes owner and Tamiami Trucker organizer, Kevin Gleizes told Short Order that he was told there are code compliance issues with the site. He's still working to resolve the issue for tonight. The backup location for tonight's Tamiami Truckers Food Court is their old location on 137th Avenue and 127th Street.

Mark Hoppe, General Manager of West Kendall Toyota and Lexus of West Kendall, told Short Order he was issued a Notice of Violation for "Operating a Fair Without a Permit" by code enforcement. No specific statutes of codes were cited. Hoppe said he spent two hours looking for the law, but couldn't find anything. He also said that last week Food Inspectors did a thorough inspection of the trucks and did not find any violations, He added, though, that the food inspectors wanted the Fire Department to test for levels of carbon monoxide in the air from the trucks' generators.

"I'm just trying to do something nice for the community", Hoppe said. I see four generations of families coming here to enjoy the evening. People seem really happy."

The only big gathering location that seems secure is Tuesday's Biscayne Triangle Truck Roundup near Johnson & Wales University. This location is under the jurisdiction of The City of North Miami, which has its own laws and rules. Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman (who could support a new county rule) is behind the food trucks, and this location has a city permit to be at this location.

As it stands right now, Tamiami Truckers Food Court organizer Kevin Gleizes is still working on trying to maneuver the county's maze of red tape for tonight's Food Court, Tuesday's BTTR in North Miami is safe and Thursday's on The Bay Roundup at American Legion Post #29 will be back next week. (We hope.) Short Order will share update information as it comes in.

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Jeff
Jeff

wow....such an awesome event at lexus.......familes enjoying themselves....spending dollars on "SMALL BUSINESSES" that they say we need so bad and they shut them down for doing a great job ...i LOVE these food trucks...and LOVE the gatherings..i go every friday night with my family.....and now red tape has screwed it up.....ill be calling my commissioners and raising helll!!! do not give up this awesome friday night tradition in the making.!!

Fact checker
Fact checker

Don't believe everything you read in a newspaper or see on local TV news! These reporters are not checking their facts.

It is my understanding that the county got a complaint from the public about the food trucks at Lexus. They responded by issuing the owners of the Lexus property a warning notice explicitely stating the exact code section they were in violation of. They were advised to stop the acivity. There is no permit available and they were not told to get one! They are in violation of zoning law and must either seek public hearing approval for what they want to do, that's not currently allowed by law; or have their local politicians draft a new law allowing it.

Don not blame local officials, ( who also like macho burgers), for enforcing the law. That's what we pay them for. The fault lies with the prorepty owners and food truck organizers who failed to do their due diligence.

FoodTruckLvr
FoodTruckLvr

No one can deny that the food trucks are providing a good thing for the community.  These roundups provide neighborhoods with a chance to bring people together for an affordable night of good food, good music and good conversation.  It’s definitely bringing people together and they are excited about it.  However,  I do think it’s important to keep our eye on the ball.   The real problem is that the City and the County are not providing the correct guidance to get these food truck operators the proper permits, so that they are operating within the law.  Just because food trucks don’t fit into a cookie cutter definition already in the codes, doesn’t mean that the government can’t find a way to make it work.   They just need to keep an open mind and realize the good attributes that the food trucks are providing.  More jobs, more money into the economy and happy citizens.

Nashap
Nashap

I don't understand what the problem is! If the trucks are not bothering anyone and they are not in anybody's way. Then they should let them be!!!

Zuzel0214
Zuzel0214

This really bites! I'm not surprised though. It was a matter of time. I really hope this gets resolved, cause I live the food trucks.....

Cbgaines
Cbgaines

Sounds just like some City of Miami inspectors who made us change some home construction work that was in compliance with plans that were approved just because they thought we should do it differently. City of Miami code enforcement people are like Fox News, they just make $#!7 up.

Anniem
Anniem

what a brilliant world of eating awaits. shredded marinated garbage tacos, banana rice milk freezie. more, easier, more satisfying comes to mind.

olguita
olguita

the goberment is stating we have no jobs and always coming up with percentages of unemployment rates but they are the one shutting people downs and sending them to the unemployment line and family services, please let people make it on their own but they don't , not unless they rule and take very penney into their pocket.

Papito John
Papito John

Good old greed from the local gov't, every one of them want a piece of the pie (or permit, fees and tax receipt)...America is sinking on its own red tape

Ben
Ben

reminds me of the 1 step forward, 2 steps back progress in most Latin American countries

Slzitrin
Slzitrin

Leave it to the politicians who can't see a dime from this to impose their Mafia payoffs "fees" to those otherwise restauranteurs who have found a realistic way to practice their craft without having to pay 80% of earnings for overhead...They get nu gots for garbage disposal, nu gots for electric taxes from FPL, nu gots for the major food purveyors aka Lobbyists, and above all no taxes for the 305...Too bad so sad, as perhaps the gov't should look to embrace the small biz owner rather than try to make their lives a nightmare...

Registered Voter...
Registered Voter...

Big Brother comes in once again to tax and extract every penny from these food trucks! From the cradle to the grave, one thing Americans can always depend on is TAXES...! Banana Republic Mayor Alvarez needs money for his court case against his own recall. Miami voters will hopefully get rid of this douche bag, I can hardly wait until March 15, I just got my renewed voter's registration card in the mail...

SE
SE

With the amount of third world style nonsense that goes on, the City is concerned with this?!

Miamirunner68
Miamirunner68

This is so ridiculous. As far as I am concerened the only issue should be the food truck's health compliance. This is why these things don't work here. The West coast has this down to a sceince and it is all over the city. Seattle, Portland, they embrace this as a community. Leave it up to Miami to F$%#k up a good thing!

lofm
lofm

Why does the local government try to do away with anything innovative and cool? They should be supporting and encouraging new ideas that help improve Miami living and culture. It's all about getting their piece of the pie. LAME.

Wing Commander
Wing Commander

Actually the code they quoted was misquoted. One stipulation that this particular code allows for (on property zoned U-1) is food preparation (as long as five employees are present - which they were). But the code enforcement officer chose to not read the code in that manner, instead making up a term not defined by the code -- a food fair. She might as well have stated the trucks were creating a flibbity-jib. The word as far as he law is concerned is nonsense it doesn't exist. The violation says the food trucks were holding an illegal food fair without a permit. There is no food fair permit available and each truck is licensed to do what they do. The problem is the county has not written ANY code that concerns the food trucks and just wants them to pay more money every day to continue to do a business they are licensed by the county and the state to ddo.

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